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Discourse in Kashmir shifting to 'primacy of Islam' over 'Azadi': Army

The discourse in Jammu and Kashmir is shifting to primacy of Islam over Azadi, a top Indian Army official said today.
India TV News Desk Hyderabad January 05, 2017 23:52 IST
India TV News Desk

The "discourse" in Jammu and Kashmir is shifting to "primacy of Islam over Azadi", adding to complexities in dealing with sectarian faultlines in the border state, a top Indian Army official said today. 

"...Jammu and Kashmir indeed continues to be a challenge and it's being dealt with; it's getting a little more complex as slowly the discourse, as indeed the entire thrust, is taking a shift towards a primacy of Islam over Azadi. So, that clearly adds a fairly complex dynamic to stabilising thenation as it were," Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Planning & Systems), Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, said. 

Saha has also served as General Officer Commanding 15 Corps, Srinagar. 

He was speaking at a seminar on "leveraging defence expenditure as a tool for nation building", organised by the College of Defence Management here. 

Giving a case study on Jammu and Kashmir vis-a-vis annual defence expenditure in border areas, Lt. Gen Saha said about Rs 7,516 crore are being spent every year on border roads, infrastructure and other operational works in that State. 


Noting that the annual budget of Jammu and Kashmir is Rs 64,669 crore, he said "approximately 12 per cent (or Rs 7516 crore, which is more than double the most revenue-generating power development department in the State at Rs 3,674 crore) addition to the State budget happens because of Armed Forces". 

Jammu and Kashmir has a population of 1.42 crore. About 2.6 lakh Armed Forces personnel deployed in the state contribute 12 per cent of state budget. "So, that's the kind of financial contribution of the Armed Forces into a border State, as it were," Gen Saha added.

(With PTI Inputs)